Well, this is shaping up to be quite anti-climatic.
The BYU football team will take on 1-9 New Mexico State in Las Cruces today, and it quite likely will be the smallest crowd the Cougars will have played in front of in recent memory.
You can read more about the expected atmosphere at Aggie Memorial Stadium in this piece in today's Tribune.
The big question for BYU, of course, is who will start at quarterback. It will be James Lark, barring something unforeseen. As I tweeted out Friday, Lark's mother was on the same flight(s) from Salt Lake CIty to Phoenix to El Paso, and she mentioned she didn't buy her ticket until Monday.
My take was that Monday was the day Lark was told he would start vs. the Aggies.
Will the Cougars change their game plan for Lark?
"Not a lot," said offensive coordinator Brandon Doman. "Obviously there won't be as much movement and quarterback run-game stuff."
Doman said the Cougars should be able to move the ball regardless of who plays quarterback today.
"Yeah, I hope that we could. But we have been a little up and down. I would like to see us have a consistent week of practice, and I would like to see us have a consistent game. And whether we moved it or not or have great success, as long as we are consistent and secure the football, I will feel like it was a successful Saturday," he said.
It's Saturday morning -- time to clean out the ol' notebook with some of the better comments from two post-practice media availability sessions:
Doman on Riley Nelson taking the blame for some losses and whether that is justified:
"Riley is the quarterback at BYU. Whether it is right or not, or justified, it is part of the job, and he understands that -- probably moreso now than ever before he will be able to recognize the magnitude of that job. But he shouldn't take all the blame. No way should he take all the blame. There was a lot of other factors that cause that loss to occur. It certainly wasn't all because of Riley."
Doman on whether he can console Riley Nelson because he's been through it:Next Page >
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